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Alzheimer’s special care units in Florida, which can also go by the terms dementia care, Alzheimer's care, or memory care, are facilities that are specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with forms of dementia. They typically include specially trained staff and other systems that constantly monitor residents to ensure their safety and prevent wandering.
Location Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Tampa $1,600 $6,725 Jacksonville $2,370 $6,800 Palm Bay $1,600 $4,500
*Average monthly cost for single occupancy room in a memory care community
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The climate in FL is mild and sunny, which makes it very appealing. Most of Florida is a peninsula that falls between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Because of that, in addition to the large number of lakes and other bodies of water inland, high humidity and significant rainfall are aspects of FL’s climate. Its location also makes it a target for tropical storms and hurricanes. The state can expect to experience at least a few hurricanes every year, either direct hits or passing by.
The temperatures in Florida throughout the year do not vary as much when compared to other areas of the country. In the summer, the highs average around 92 degrees and the lows in around 70 degrees. In the winter months, high temperatures average in the low 70s and lows in the high 40s to low 50s.
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Florida requires Alzheimer’s special care units to have an environment that accounts for and provides safety and welfare for residents. There must also be available activities that are specifically designed to meet the needs of persons with dementia or related diseases. In addition, staff must be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and have completed eight hours of training and then four hours per year of continuing education.
Florida is ranked 39th in safety according to 2015’s Safest States to Live In.
Location Violent Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Property Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Weston .68 5.86 Parkland .25 6.51 Marco Island .29 6.76
Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket are the typical methods used to pay for dementia care in FL. For low-income residents, a Medicaid home and community-based waiver and Medicaid Assistive Care Service programs are available. For all insurance-related questions, please contact the US Department of Health and Human Services. The average monthly cost for Memory Care is about $3,868.
In FL, patients have the right to be informed in an understandable manner about diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis unless the information is deemed medically inadvisable. The patient’s privacy should be respected and questions that could exploit privacy should not be asked. The patient of a dementia care home has the right to appoint a personal representative, agent of health care, or POA to make decisions for them if they no longer have the cognitive ability to do so.
Florida medical records are available to patients and accessible to a spouse, guardian, surrogate, proxy, or attorney unless the resident is legally competent and denies access to the records. A patient's records should be provided within a reasonable amount of time. Records should be kept confidential, but information may be disclosed for research purposes.